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Your New Home Checklist: What to do When Moving Into a New House

As moving day looms ahead, here’s what to do (and not do) when the big day arrives.

Faye deGavre

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Sep 07, 2022

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5 min read

Your New Home Checklist: What to do When Moving Into a New House

Moving is one of the most stressful experiences you can go through. Yet, it all becomes worth it once you pick up the keys to your new abode. You’re brimming with excitement and emotions, and all the stress of actually buying a house melts away. But before you start buying scented candles and planning a housewarming party, there are a few tasks where you should focus your efforts.

Don’t worry - we’ve packed all the do’s (and don’ts) of moving day into a nifty new home checklist.

What to do on moving day

✅ Change the locks as soon as possible

There’s no way of knowing how many people the previous owner gave keys to. For added security and peace of mind, get the locks changed as soon as you move in. You don’t want unwanted visitors letting themselves into your property. Either call out a locksmith or swap out the lock device yourself.

If you have them, replace your window locks as you don’t know when these were last changed, either.

Even if it’s a new build house and you’re the first occupier, it’s likely that the builder had copies of the keys, so get the locks changed.

Take the time to change the locks and enjoy the confidence of locking your door, knowing you’re safe and secure.

✅ Test the smoke alarms

While you’re thinking about safety, it’s worth going around the house and testing/updating the smoke alarms. If the property has a carbon monoxide alarm (if it uses gas), check that too.

Checking the alarms is quick and easy – press and hold the button and the loud, clear siren should tell you that the battery is still operational. If you need to change out the batteries, get this done sooner rather than later.

✅ Introduce yourself to your gas and electric meter and the water stopcock

It always pays to know where your utilities are located and how to turn them off in an emergency. While you’re at it, ensure that you have set up your new utilities and taken metre readings from the previous owner’s usage, so you are only charged what you use.

✅ Clean the house

Chances are, the house won’t have been cleaned thoroughly when the last owners moved out. They may have left it tidy and done a quick hoover, but you’ll want to get in there yourself and give it a good clean. Remember to wipe down cupboards before unpacking and clean floors before laying down furniture.

If you’ve purchased a new build, you don’t always get away scot-free. There could be chips of plaster and dust, which you’ll want to clean up before moving in.

✅ Tidy up any last minute admin

Now that you’ve moved in successfully, it’s important to make sure that everyone who needs to know your new address has been informed. A few places to start include:

  • Friends and family
  • Utility companies (gas, electricity and water)
  • Broadband and phone line
  • Employer
  • Doctor, dentist, vet
  • Electoral roll/register
  • Insurance companies
  • HMRC
  • DVLA
  • Banks and building societies
  • Local council (for council tax, etc)
  • Any other products or services you subscribe to

What you shouldn’t do when moving into a new home

❌ Take a picture of your keys

It’s a classic move, especially for first-time buyers: they snap a picture of their keys in front of their new house. It’s a major social media trend, but Christopher Field of international security agency GOEX Worldwide warns this is a bad idea. “These photos often go on sites like Instagram, with a location tagged. Or even without the location tagged, it’s not clear that social media sites always remove the EXIF data that can reveal where photos were taken,” he explains. “Most photos these days are taken on smartphones, with very high-definition cameras able to pick up every notch on a key.”

Unfortunately, once criminals have a photo of your key, there are numerous ways they can make a physical copy.

Steer clear of this by snapping a different picture that doesn’t distinguish your house or keys to anyone online.

❌ Unpack everything at once

Unpacking is a marathon, not a sprint. As excited as you may be, avoid diving into each box as soon as it lands in your new home. Unpack one room at a time so that you can make steady progress without feeling overwhelmed. Prioritise the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom to make the house comfortable as quickly as possible.

❌ Overpack cardboard boxes

Packing additional boxes may feel time-consuming but will save trouble in the long run. Use as many boxes as you need to create easy-to-lift loads. Limit the weight of your large boxes – aka avoid putting all your books in one box.

❌ Disregard your neighbours

Your neighbours, old and new, deserve some courtesy. It makes sense if you inform them of your moving day, especially if there will be moving vans blocking the driveway or road. While you’re at it, head round to your new neighbours to introduce yourself.

Make moving day easy

Moving into a new house can be stressful, but it can also be exciting and enjoyable. With this moving day checklist, you can be well on your way to minimising stress on this day. Not only that, Boomin can help sort your utilities with Priorities, our easy price comparison service, ticking another task off your list.

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Faye deGavre

Content Writer